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Quiver Full Of Arrows, A [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffrey Archer
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5.0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC NARRATIVE PERFORMANCE Feb. 23 2006
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Versatile, popular, and appealing British actor Marvin Jarvis has produced and narrated a number of books in the U.K. Recently, he came across the pond to narrate audiobooks - it's about time! His reading of "A Quiver Full of Arrows" is on point. Of course, you need a bit of a British accent, which he has as well as the ability to deliver Archer's absorbing plots with style and skill. Long recognized for his theatre and film work, he has also been dubbed a Golden Voice by Audio File Magazine.
Jarvis is a boon companion for these stories that take us throughout the world - London, China, New York, Nigeria. Listeners may be reminded of Archer's "A Twist in the Tale," as this, too, is a collection of short tales running the gamut from suspense to romance to skullduggery to financial power.
We find ourselves at Sotheby's where bidders are shown an ancient ivory Chinese statue. What secrets it holds! One cannot the effect this has on the lives of a young couple. With the speed of light we're transported to a lavish New York apartment and a festive party with A-List guests who are surprised by those they meet again.
Ever the clever storyteller, Archer's settings play a large part in his scenarios. "A Quiver Full of Arrows" is especially rich with mysterious places in far-off lands.
Enjoy the journeys!
- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Archer at his best Feb. 13 2004
By john
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jeffrey Archer has impressively compiled together 'A Quiver Full of Arrows'. These arrows are anything but blunt and leave a meaningful impact on their readers. Known for his "natural aptitude for short stories" according to The Times, Archer has once again produced an absorbing book full of memorable stories.
The settings of the twelve tales in this book are wonderfully presented, whether it be lost in Ancient Bethlehem or stranded in a Brazilian hotel. It is evident that prior to writing, Jeffrey Archer researched the various setting locations and time periods. Unlike renowned John Grisham, Archer's writings reflect over a variety of topics including love, politics, and humor. Therefore, it is more likely that this book will appeal to you, unless you find reading about 50-year old lawyers fascinating.
You can't talk about Jeffrey Archer without referring to his expertise in writing endings. Unlike most other stories, which end in typical, lovey-dovey fashion, Archer's endings always have unexpected twists, and the ones in 'A Quiver Full of Arrows' are not exceptions. After reading the book's first story, 'The Chinese Statue', I found myself flipping back through the pages to reread it. The ending of this short, yet meaningful story adds a whole new perspective. This can be said about the other 11 entries. To truly understand a piece in this book, you must read it again and again; it astounds me how much depth Jeffrey Archer puts into his writing.
All in all, 'A Quiver Full of Arrows' is a top-class read for everyone; I have yet to find a collection of short stories that is more appealing. It is a noteworthy two hour read that is sure to change your perspective on life. You'll have a hard time peeling your eyes off this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Archer at his best Feb. 13 2004
By john
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jeffrey Archer has impressively compiled together 'A Quiver Full of Arrows'. These arrows are anything but blunt and leave a meaningful impact on their readers. Known for his "natural aptitude for short stories" according to The Times, Archer has once again produced an absorbing book full of memorable stories.
The settings of the twelve tales in this book are wonderfully presented, whether it be lost in Ancient Bethlehem or stranded in a Brazilian hotel. It is evident that prior to writing, Jeffrey Archer researched the various setting locations and time periods. Unlike renowned John Grisham, Archer's writings reflect over a variety of topics including love, politics, and humor. Therefore, it is more likely that this book will appeal to you, unless you find reading about 50-year old lawyers fascinating.
You can't talk about Jeffrey Archer without referring to his expertise in writing endings. Unlike most other stories, which end in typical, lovey-dovey fashion, Archer's endings always have unexpected twists, and the ones in 'A Quiver Full of Arrows' are not exceptions. After reading the book's first story, 'The Chinese Statue', I found myself flipping back through the pages to reread it. The ending of this short, yet meaningful story adds a whole new perspective. This can be said about the other 11 entries. To truly understand a piece in this book, you must read it again and again; it astounds me how much depth Jeffrey Archer puts into his writing.
All in all, 'A Quiver Full of Arrows' is a top-class read for everyone; I have yet to find a collection of short stories that is more appealing. It is a noteworthy two hour read that is sure to change your perspective on life. You'll have a hard time peeling your eyes off this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I was struck down by these arrows June 17 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If I had to die on a battlefield, I would rather be slain by one of Jeffrey Archer's arrows from his quiver than any thing else. Crisp short stories set all over the world from Nigeria to China to Hungary to England. These stories bring out various aspects of human emotion from professional rivalry to everlasting love. What is secret of the Ming vase? What happened in Bethlehem in 1 AD? Will the young Indian follow the footsteps of his father and score a century and get his blue? These and many more intricacies of human nature are portrayed beautifully by Archer in this collection. Read and loose yourself, let your mind wander
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